Metaphors and analogies
Posted by Rita on October 03, 1997 at 18:32:56:
In response to one well-placed arrow to the heart? i think not., written by greg on October 02, 1997 at 21:58:30
] in ch. 18, jane muses at blanche ingram's futile attempts to intrigue rochester, thinking "arrows that continually glanced off from mr. rochester's breast and fell harmless at his feet, might, i knew, if shot by a surer hand, have quivered keen in his proud heart"(another great metaphor!). but then, she continues, "better still, without weapons[my emphasis] a silent conquest might have been won". she feels that "by merely sitting quietly at his side saying little and looking less, get nigher his heart". but i think it's the archer, not her aim, that wins the quarry. rochester falls for jane without her even trying anything. likewise, jane says of rochester "he made me love him without looking at me". not only can they see each other's "inner" beauty, but there's a natural chemistry between them as volatile as sparks to high octane! it's bronte's genius for narrative that allows us to feel the heat and smell the smoke of their passion! blanche, on the other hand, is very pretty water, as it were - but simply not flammable.
Great uses of the language, passion comes through clearly. Unfortunately, the term is little understood today with connotations only to sexuality, but passionate use of language and other emotions (such as ange
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